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Studd reaches new heights in Pakuranga Hunt Cup 28 Aug 2013

   Hastings-based jumps jockey Charlie Studd had a day he will never forget at the Pakuranga Hunt Club’s race meeting at Ellerslie last Saturday.

   Studd, 32, travelled north with two confirmed rides at the meeting, neither of whom looked to be top winning chances.

   One was Red Hot in the maiden steeplechase, a horse making his jumping debut and one that had finished 10th out of 12 in a 2100 metre flat race three weeks before. The other was Verdasco, a one-win hurdler who was taking on some of the country’s best jumpers in the Tony Richards Toyota Hurdle.

   By the end of the day Stubbs had not only celebrated success aboard Red Hot but had also picked up a winning mount on Snodroptwinkletoes in the day’s feature event, the $40,000 Pakuranga Hunt Cup Steeplechase. His other mount, Verdasco, was pulled up in the feature hurdle.

   Jo Rathbone had originally been booked to ride Snodroptwinkletoes but suffered a broken collarbone when falling from Sea King two races before.

   “It was unfortunate for Jo,” Studd recalled three days after his first winning double on New Zealand soil. “I spoke to her before the race and again after the ride and I know that she deserved to be on the horse.”

   “I’m just thankful that (a) I was given the opportunity to ride a horse like him and (b) that I was able to carry it through and win.”

   Studd predicts a bright future for Red Hot as a jumper.

   “The day started off really well with Red Hot winning and he looks a very promising jumper. There are no big plans for him yet but he should develop into a top jumper.”

   Studd has recorded 50 wins in his homeland of England, where he was based in Haslenere, in the county of Surrey. He has been race-riding for 14 seasons, starting out competing in point-to-point events before becoming what is known as a conditional rider and then turning professional.

   “I’ve had a listed flat win at Cheltenham, which is just below Group class, and I’ve had some big handicap jump wins in England but nothing compared to the history of the Pakuranga Hunt Cup. To have my name on that trophy was really something special.”

   Studd was enticed to New Zealand last year by Hastings trainer Paul Nelson and posted his first New Zealand win aboard the Nelson-trained No Quota in a steeplechase at Te Rapa last winter. He is now a freelance rider in Hastings and his Pakuranga Hunt Cup victory brought up his 6th New Zealand success.

   Studd initially had trouble obtaining a visa to stay in this country but now plans to remain here for some time and is presently helping out Waipukurau trainer David Goldsbury.

   He has also employed a jockey’s agent in Manawatu-based Hugh Taylor to secure him race rides and says the association is working out very well.

   “I have met a lot of trainers and most of the jumping trainers and I’ve been lucky with my success and with Paul’s initial help,” Studd said.

   Studd has been making regular trips to the South Island to ride this winter and has joined jockeys and trainers down there in trying to boost the number of jumpers competing in the southern area.

   He has no confirmed rides for either of the two feature jumping races at Ellerslie tomorrow week, the $100,000 Great Northern Hurdles (4190m) or $100,000 Great Northern Steeplechase (6400m).

   “I’ll be trying to get a ride in both races and Hugh will be chasing hard,” he added.

 

Hastings trifecta

   Hastings-trained horses provided a winning trifecta in the 1200-metre fillies & mares maiden at last week’s Woodville meeting when Quake headed home Sunseka and Waipatiki Girl.

   Quake is prepared by Patrick Campbell and was having her first start as a three-year-old after recording two minor placings in two-year-old races last season. She bounced straight to the front and kept up a strong gallop to win by half a length.

   The My Halo filly was bred by Otane’s Katherine Donoghue who races her in partnership with good friend Peter Cairns.

   Quake is out of the Spectacular Love mare Tremble and a grand-daughter of the good performer All Fired Up.

   Donoghue and Cairns are also racing a five-year-old half-sister to Quake by Mr Nancho called Malrose, a mare that was placed in the north last year and is entered for the special conditions 1200 at tomorrow’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   The John Bary-trained Sunseka was also resuming from a spell at last week’s Woodville meeting and her second was her seventh minor placing from 12 starts. She should get a deserved maiden win soon.

   Waipatiki Girl is trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen and her third placing followed a similar placing when making her debut at Hastings on August 8. She is another who should not be long in winning a race.

 

Northern now an option

   Hastings trainer Paul Nelson will decide this weekend whether or not to push on to next Saturday’s $100,000 Great Northern Hurdles with his exciting new jumper Kings Deep.

   The Viking Ruler seven-year-old completed a winning hat-trick over hurdles with a gallant performance in last Saturday’s $40,000 Tony Richards Toyota Hurdle, out finishing many likely Great Northern candidates.

   “We’ll see how he is over the next few days. He’ll tell us whether he is ready to take on that sort of race.” Nelson said this week.

   Kings Deep has come a long way in a short time with his four jumping starts for Nelson resulting in three wins and a second. He won a maiden hurdle on the middle day of this month’s Grand National meeting at Riccarton and then added a 0-1 win hurdle on the same track three days later.

   Nelson and his wife Carol race Kings Deep in partnership with Tommy Behrns, a former successful trotting trainer-driver who nowadays operates a successful business as an equine chiropractor.

   Irish-born jockey Richard Cully has been aboard Kings Deep in all three of his hurdle wins and rode the perfect race on the horse at Ellerslie last Saturday. He settled him at the back in the early stages before improving quickly from the 1000-metre peg and made up several lengths by cutting the corner on the home turn.

   Kings Deep led jumping the last fence and kept up a grinding run to the line to beat Arose by a short neck, with Yamanaura 2-1/4 lengths back in third place.

 

 

By-monthly award

   The connections of top winter galloper Intransigent have been awarded the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners by-monthly award for the months of June and July.

   Intransigent is raced on lease by his Waipukurau trainer Kirsty Lawrence and her husband Steve along with Hastings mother and son Barbara and Brendon Ray, Waipukurau’s Barry Sizer and Palmerston North couple Brian and Annette Hawkins.

   The Refuse To Bend seven-year-old is the winner of eight races, including both the $40,000 Kiwifruit Cup at Tauranga on June 22 and the listed $80,000 Taumarunui Cup at Te Rapa on July 27.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 27 Aug 2013

   A couple of the lesser lights in No Change and Adventador worked as good as any in trackwork at Hastings this morning as they prepare for Saturday’s first day of the Rush Munro’s Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

   Fast work was carried out on the plough (soft) and about half-way out on the No.1 grass (heavy). A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up as a heavy-10.

   No Change was travelling strongly throughout 1000 metres on the plough, the last 800 in 50.1 and final 600 in 36.8. He has not raced since finishing second over 1600 metres at the Hawke’s Bay Cup meeting in April but trainer Paul Nelson has him looking in great order as he prepares to kick off a afresh campaign in the $20,000 Rating 65 1400 at Hastings on Saturday.

   Adventador worked on the No.1 grass and was timed to run 1000 metres in 1:4.9, coming home the last 600 in 36.9. He has won two of his last three starts, the most recent over 1200 metres at Hastings a month ago. He has had a freshen up since and will contest the $30,000 Rating 85 1200 at Hastings on Saturday.

   Makfi Challenge Stakes contender Survived took the time honours for 1000 metres on the grass when he clocked 1:2.8, running the first 400 metres in 26.9 and coming home the last 600 in 35.9. He looks bright and ready to kick off another campaign.

   His stablemate and race-rival No Excuse Maggie had race day rider David Walsh aboard when she also worked well over 1000 metres on the grass in 1:6.8, the last 600 in 37. Walsh was pleased with the mare’s workout and also that of Intransigent, who he rides in the $40,000 Open 1600.

   Intransigent also worked on the grass and ran 1000 metres on his own in 1:4.5, the last 600 in 36.2. Walsh said he is hoping that the rain that is forecast for Hastings later in the week does eventuate as it will boost the chances of both Intransigent and No Excuse Maggie.

   Pimms Time, another entered for the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes, worked with Pheasant over 1000 metres in 1:5, the last 800 in 50.5 and final 600 in 37. Pimms Time has had a jumpout and an exhibition gallop to prepare her for Saturday’s 1400-metre feature and certainly looks in great order.

   Miss Lioness and Thedepot worked well together over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:4.6, the last 600 in 37 while Mr Hare and Broadwalk ran over the same ground in 1:9.4, the last 600 in 37.8.

   Enuffisenuff worked in from the 1000-metre peg on the grass in 1:4.9, running the first 400 metres in a leisurely 29.1 and then sprinting home the last 600 in 35.8 while her stablemate Commett worked on his own over 1000 metres on the grass in 1:7.3, the last 600 in 37.1.

   Desi Girl worked over a round on the plough and was timed to run the last 1200 metres in 1:20.1 and final 600 in 38.6 while Double O Seven looked to be working well at the end of 800 metres in 52.7, the last 600 in 37.5.

   Viceroy showed he is progressing well by running a solo 1000 metres on the grass in 1:4.8, the last 600 in 36.6. He has finished third in his last two starts and could race next at either Otaki next week or Taupo the week after.

   Pit A Pat showed she is ready to resume racing after a spell by sprinting the last 600 metres of her work on the plough in a quick 35.4 while Miss Serena also showed good speed over the final 400 metres of her work in 23.5.

   Malrose, an impressive winner at the last lot of Hastings jumpouts, showed she has trained on the right way since when running 1200 metres on the plough in 1:21.7, the last 1000 in 1:5.7 and final 600 in 36.6. She is a big five-year-old mare by Mr Nancho and a half-sister to last Thursday’s Woodville winner Quake.

   Kipkeino had trainer Lucy de Lautour aboard when running a 1000 metres on the plough in 1:7.9, the last 600 in 37 while Whoopi Gee ran over the same ground in 1:6.9, the last 800 in 52 and final 600 in 39.1.

   Last start winner Melodies Way worked with Da Beast over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:9, the last 600 in 37.6 while hunky Dory worked in from the 1000-metre peg on his own and clocked 50.3 for the last 800, the final 600 in 37.5.

   The Knight, likely to kick off a fresh campaign at Hastings on Saturday, worked in from the 1000-metre peg on the grass in 1:9.2, quickening over the last 600 in 37.8 while Tradtri took 1:7.6 for 1000 metres on the plough, the last 600 in 38.6.

   Shezgorgeous worked keenly on her own over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:4.5, the last 600 in 37.3 while Second Hope ended his work on the plough with 600 metres in 40.4.

   Gold Moet had co-trainer Sue Thompson aboard when working keenly on the plough, coming home the last 600 in 36.9 while  a Falkirk three-year-old and one by Danroad, both in the Thompson/Brown stable, clocked 53.2 for 800 metres, the last 600 in 37.5.

   Alarm Bell and a Rusty Spur three-year-old filly worked over 1000 metres on the plough and were timed to run the last 800 in 53.6 and final 600 in 38.8 while a Strategic Image three-year-old and one by Danroad ran 600 metres together in 37.9.

   Jules Verne and Bally Heights schooled well together over the steeplechase and hurdle fences in the centre while No Credit then came out and schooled with Bally Heights over two rounds of hurdles. They are preparing for the jumping races at Hawera on Thursday.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 22 Aug 2013

A strong solo gallop by Survived was clearly the highlight at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   The Zed gelding is preparing to kick off a fresh campaign in the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday week and was following on from an impressive exhibition gallop between races at last Monday’s Taupo meeting.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided heavy footing.

   Survived worked over a round and was timed to run home the last 1200 metres in 1:22. It was a good time in the conditions and he kept up a strong gallop all the way, averaging 13.6s for each 200 metres.

   Trainer John Bary was happy with the workout and is reasonably confident the horse will get a run in the Makfi, even though he is still 17th in order of entry. The maximum number of starters for the race is 16 but Bary says there are a couple above him that are doubtful starters. Opie Bosson has been booked to ride him.

   Miss Lioness showed how heavy the footing was when working on her own over 1000 metres in 1:10.9, the last 600 in 40.7 while Desi Girl also ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:7.7, the last 600 in 39.3.

   Laced Up and Iechyd Da, two others in the John Bary stable, were not hurried when running 1000 metres in 1:13.4, the last 600 in 40.8. Laced Up is a three-year-old half-sister to Jimmy Choux and finished second on debut over 1200 metres at the last Hawke’s Bay meeting.

   Just As Well had trainer Sue Thompson aboard when running 1000 metres in 1:9.9, the last 600 in 39.8 while Adventador ran over the same ground in 1:12.2, the last 600 in 43.

   Whoopi Gee was going keenly in the early stages of her 1200-metre workout when clocking 1:21.1 but was slowing over the final stages in 45.8.

   A Guillotine three-year-old gelding and a Shinko King three-year-old gelding, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, worked together over 800 metres in 55.7, the last 600 in 39.8 while Mae West ran an easy 1000 metres in 1:15.1, the last 600 in 43.1.

   Havataste took 44.5 for the last 600 metres of his work while a Kings Chapel filly ran over the same ground in 42. They are both in John Bary’s stable.

   A Faltaat gelding in the Thompson/Brown stable, worked over 800 metres and was timed to run the last 600 in 39.6. He is a full-brother to the champion Hong Kong sprinter Little Bridge.

Chapinta gaining in value all the time 21 Aug 2013

   Chapinta, part-owned by Hawke’s Bay’s Peter Grieve, brought up her fifth win from just 13 starts with a dominant performance at Te Rapa last Saturday and could now be aimed at black type races in the coming months.

   The seven-year-old daughter of High Chaparral already has plenty of residual value as a future broodmare, being a half-sister to the three times Group 1 winner Sangster, but a stakes win or placing would significantly add to that.

   She was entered for the listed Taumarunui Cup (2100m) at Te Rapa on July 27 but was four on the ballot and failed to get a start. She is a mare that tends to jar up on hard tracks so her connections are now hoping things don’t dry out too quickly in the coming months so that she can have a crack at another stakes race.

   Chapinta relished the slow-8 track conditions at Te Rapa last Saturday when scoring a comfortable length win in the open 2100-metre event.

   Rider Mark Du Plessis settled her towards the back of the field in the early stages but improved her position quickly approaching the home turn and she powered down the centre of the track to beat Palm Island and Natsinga.

   Chapinta is trained at Cambridge by Craig Thornton who describes her as a lovely mare that has always shown plenty but is sometimes reluctant to take gaps and is better when given plenty of racing room.

   “Craig said she needs space and doesn’t like racing in between them,” Du Plessis said. “I was on the winner 600 metres from home – the race was run to suit.”

   Peter Grieve races Chapinta in partnership with Christchurch-based Barry Thomas and she has proved a bargain buy for the two.

   Thomas was one of the original owners of the mare when she was first put into work in a South Island stable. But she was constantly troubled by injuries as a young horse so the syndicate decided to quit her.

   There was an offer of $4000 made to buy the mare but the money never eventuated so Peter Grieve told Barry Thomas to offer the syndicate $2000 and they would race her together.

   Chapinta’s value was boosted when Sangster won the Group 1 VRC Derby (2500m) in Melbourne in November 2011. At that stage she was still unraced and she only started racing as a five-year-old, finishing a debut sixth in a1560-metre race at Te Awamutu in May of last year. Her value has skyrocketed since then with Sangster adding the Group 1 International Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa, Group 2 Avondale Cup (2200m) at Ellerslie and Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) to his winning tally last season.

 

Kapsboy adds another

   Kapsboy’s win in a $15,000 Rating 85 1600-metre race at Te Rapa last Saturday provided his Hawke’s Bay co-owners, John and Colleen Duncan, with a degree of compensation after their glamour mare Fleur de Lune had no luck in the weight-for-age Group 3 $70,000 Foxbridge Plate (1400m) there two races earlier.

   Fleur de Lune started second favourite for last Saturday’s feature event at the Waikato meeting but, after an awkward beginning, she suffered interference several times in the running and ended up in seventh place

   Kapsboy is a two year younger half-brother to Fleur de Lune and his win last Saturday was his fourth from 13 starts and his third from his last four outings.

   Both horses are out of the Kaapstad mare Kapsjoy and are owned by the Duncans in partnership with well known Cambridge thoroughbred owner-breeder Ada Parnwell. They are both trained at Cambridge by Lee Somervell.

   Kapsboy’s previous three wins were over 1200 and 1400 metres but he made a successful step up to 1600 metres last Saturday, disputing the pace from the outset and kicking on strongly to score by 1-3/4 lengths.

 

Irish Fling dances in

   Hastings-trained Irish Fling made an impressive return to the racetrack with a runaway victory in a Rating 65 1000-metre event at last Monday’s Taupo meeting.

   The five-year-old mare, prepared by the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen, had not raced since finishing second over 1200 metres at Otaki in March but was primed to produce a top effort fresh up after winning a recent 750-metre jumpout on the Hastings track.

   Irish Fling now boasts a record of two wins and three seconds from 10 starts and the way she raced away for a 2-3/4 length victory last Monday suggests she can on to much better things.

   The daughter of Darci Brahma was bred by Cambridge-based Tony Rider and is raced by a syndicate that includes several workers at his Pak n Save supermarket.

   She is out of the O’Reilly mare Irish Belle who was the winner of five races and stakes placed while her grandam is the multiple stakes winner Society Bay.

 

Impressive gallops  

   Three of last season’s Hastings-trained stars in Survived, Pimms Time and Saint Kitt, underwent exhibition gallops between races at last Monday’s Taupo meeting and all three looked to be striding out well.

   Survived was ridden by Opie Bosson was strong over the final stages of his solo 1000-metre workout, pleasing trainer John Bary.

   Bary wants to kick the horse’s spring campaign off in the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) on the first day of the Rush Munro’s Spring Carnival at Hastings tomorrow week, with the Group 1 $250,000 Turk’s Bar Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings on October 5 another major goal.

   Survived earned automatic entry into the Hawke’s Bay Spring Classic with his win in the Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings in April before embarking on a two-race campaign in Australia, which reaped a second in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) in Brisbane.

   Bary is thrilled with the way the Zed gelding is coming up in a new campaign and has booked Opie Bosson to ride the horse in next week’s Makfi Challenge Stakes.

   Pimms Time is also expected to kick off a fresh campaign in the weight-for-age Makfi Challenge Stakes and her trainers, Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, are also thrilled with her present condition. The Pins mare finished a close third in a 750-metre jumpout at Hastings on August 9 and was working well on the outside of Saint Kitt in their 1000-metre gallop at Taupo on Monday.

   Te Awamutu jockey Mark Sweeney made a special trip to Hastings to ride Pimms Time in that jumpout and was again aboard at Taupo.

   Pimms Time won three races back in the autumn, including the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa, and then also went to Australia where she contested the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m). She has come back a bigger and stronger mare this campaign.

   Saint Kitt is trained by Kelly Burne and has not raced since finishing fourth in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie in March. Burne is also happy with the way the Keeper gelding is progressing in a new campaign and the horse worked keenly in trackwork at Hastings last week. He is also likely to be seen in action at this year’s Rush Munro’s Spring Carnival.

 

Makfi market

   Last Saturday’s Foxbridge Plate runner-up Xanadu and last season’s champion sprinter Final Touch have been installed $5.00 joint favourites in fixed-odds betting for the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings tomorrow week.

   Xanadu will be looking to go one better in the weight-for-age feature after the Elusive City mare was beaten half a length when second behind Ocean Park last year. She showed she is right on target with a close second behind Postman’s Daughter in last Saturday’s 1200-metre race at Te Rapa.

   Final Touch, winner of three Group 1 sprint races last season, showed she has also come back in tremendous order by finishing third in last Saturday’s Foxbridge Plate and is expected to strip a lot fitter next week.

   Mufhasa, winner of the 2011 running of the Makfi Challenge Stakes, is on the second line of betting for next week’s race at $8.00, with Nashville next at $10.00 and Fleur de Lune and Sangster both at $14.00.

   The Makfi is the first Group 1 race of the new season and invariably attracts a star-studded line up. It should also ensure there is a bumper crowd in attendance at the Hastings racecourse tomorrow week, especially as there will be free admission.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 20 Aug 2013

  Intransigent, preparing for the $40,000 Open 1600-metre race at the Hawke’s Bay meeting on Saturday week, strode out well in training at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was carried out on the plough and wide out on the No.1 grass, both tracks providing heavy footing after more heavy rain in recent days.

   Intransigent had trainer Kirsty Lawrence aboard when working over 1000 metres on the plough, coming home strongly over the last 600 in 36.2. The Refuse To Bend gelding looks to have trained on well since his last start and will have a 1600-metre run at Hastings before heading to Ellerslie for an Open 2200-metre race on September 7.

   Enuffisenuff was another who strode out well over 1000 metres this morning, coming home the last 800 in 50.8 and final 600 in 37.3. She looks to be coming up well in a new preparation.

   Franzac worked over 1000 metres on the plough in 1:10.9, the last 600 in 38.7 while his stablemate Commett ran over the same ground in 1:9.2, the last 600 in 39.1.

   Quake sped over 1000 metres, running home the last 800 in 48.7 and final 600 in 36.5. She was scratched from yesterday’s Taupo meeting after drawing very wide in the maiden 1000.

   Double O Seven looked to be working well at the end of 1000 metres in 1:7.9, the last 600 in 38.6 while his stablemate Grenade also hit out nicely over 1000 metres in 1:4.7, the last 600 in 38.

   Last start winner Melodie’s Way had trainer Kirsty Lawrence aboard when running 800 metres in 52.2, the last 600 in 39. She is likely to race next in the Rating 65 1400 at Hastings on August 31.

   No Change ran a strong solo 1000 metres in 1:5.2, the last 600 in 38.7 while his stablemate San Pedro worked over the same ground in 1:7.8, the last 600 in 40.4.

   The Knight was not pressured when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:8.9, the last 600 in 38.8 while Graewin worked over 1000 metres, the last 400 taking 28.1.

   The jumper Kings Deep worked over a round on the plough, running the last 1000 metres in 1:11.8 and final 600 in 44.7. He may head to Ellerslie this Saturday for the Open Hurdle race.

   The stablemates Sanriba and Aribasan ended their work with 600 metres in 38.9 while Youtoofast ran the last 600 of her work in 40.

   Pearls worked over 1000 metres on the No.1 grass and was timed to run the last 800 in 60.1 and final 600 in 42.5 while Alarm Bell ran 600 metres on the plough in 42.1.

   Mahora Gold sprinted 600 metres on the plough and was timed to run the last 400 in 23.4 while Desi Girl ran the last 400 metres of her work in 26.4.

   Showstopper and a Lucky Unicorn three-year-old gelding, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ended their work with 600 metres in 40.7 while a Sir Percy three-year-old gelding in the Stenning stable ran an easy 600 metres in 43.4.

Trackwork 15 Aug 2013

Saint Kitt showed he is coming up well in a new preparation when working keenly at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   The Keeper gelding has not raced since finishing a gallant fourth in the New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie in March but trainer Kelly Burne says the horse has done plenty of work and is only about a month away from returning to the racetrack.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided soft footing.

   Saint Kitt was paired up with Second Hope and they worked in from the 1000-mewtre peg. Saint Kitt pulled away from his partner mid-way through the gallop and was clearly in front at the finish, clocking 1:10.5, the last 600 in 37.3.

   Burne was hoping to give Saint Kitt an exhibition gallop between races at Taupo next Monday but the club has declined that request so she may gallop him between races at Woodville next Thursday instead.

   Quality Street, one from the Burne stable entered for Monday’s Taupo meeting, ended her work with a 600-metre sprint in 37.6 while her stablemate Pit A Pat also sprinted 600 metres and clocked 37.9.

   Pimms Time was let off with an easy 800 metres in 58.5, the last 600 in 42.8. The plan is for her to have an exhibition gallop between races at Taupo on Monday to help prepare her for the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on August 31.

   Irish Fling, another entered for Taupo next Monday, was kept under a hold over 600 metres in 39 while Lavish Prince also worked easily when running 800 metres in 55.8.

   Da Beast had co-trainer Sue Thompson aboard when running a solo 800 metres in 50.7, the last 600 in 37.4 while Graciella worked quietly over 800 metres in 56.5, the last 600 in 41.1.

   Whoopi Gee ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:5.4, the last 800 in 51.8 and final 600 in 38.7 while Broadwalk took 1:8.1 for his 1000 metres, the last 600 in 39.7.

   Zedetta and Aribasan, two from the Waipukurau stable of Peter Evans, ran the last 600 metres of their work in 40.9 while Beautiful Man was not doing much more than three-quarter pace when running 1000 metres, the last 600 in 41.7.

Local racing awards function in a fortnight 14 Aug 2013

   John Bary and his unbeaten two-year-old Recite are clear-cut winners in two of the categories in this year’s Bate Hallett/Veterinary Associates Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Racing & Breeding awards.

   The annual awards will be presented at a function in the Cheval Rooms at the Hastings racecourse on Friday, August 30. The evening will commence at 6.30pm with the master of ceremonies being Trackside presenter Andre Neill. Tickets are available from Hawke’s Bay Racing at a cost of $75/head.

   Bary will again be presented with the trophy for Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Trainer of the Year, awarded to the trainer utilising either the Hastings, Gisborne, Wairoa or Waipukurau facilities who attained the most wins in the 2012-13 racing season. Bary totalled 29 wins for the season, with Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen second on 20 and Paul Nelson in third place on 9.

   Recite has won the title of Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Trained Horse of the Year, with this award presented to the owners of the horse trained at either Hastings, Gisborne, Wairoa or Waipukurau that has won the most stakemoney in the 2012-13 racing season.

   Recite’s four wins reaped her connections $256,250 in stakemoney. The John Bary-trained filly won her race debut in a $20,000 1000-metre race at Trentham in December and then took out the Group 2 $85,000 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1200m) at Trentham, the Group 2 $100,000 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) and the Group 1 $225,000 Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m). She is owned by her breeders, the Oaks Stud in Cambridge.

   Other finalists for HB/PB Trained Horse of the Year, with their respective trainers, were Intransigent (Kirsty Lawrence), No Excuse Maggie (John Bary), Pimms Time (Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen) and Survived (John Bary).

   It was a close contest for the award of Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Trainer of the Year on strike-rate. The award is presented to the trainer who attains the best winning strike-rate in the season, with 20 starters being the minimum qualifying amount. The three finalists, in alphabetical order, were John Bary, Kelly Burne and the partnership of Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.

   The award for Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Owner of the Year is also a close contest. This is awarded to the leading owner or partnership residing in the Hawke’s Bay or Poverty Bay districts based on the horses they had trained at either the Hastings, Gisborne, Wairoa or Waipukurau facilities during the 2012-13 racing season.

   Points were awarded in this category on a basis of 12 for a Group 1 win, 6 for a Group 1 second, 3 for a Group 1 third; 9 for a Group 2 win, 4.5 for a Group 2 second, 2.25 for a Group 2 third; 6 for a Group 3 win, 3 for a Group 3 second, 1.5 for a Group 3 third; 3 for a Listed win, 1.5 for a Listed second, 0.75 for a Listed third; 1 for a basic race win; 0.5 for a basic race second, 0.25 for a basic race third; 7.5 for a Prestige Jumping win, 3.75 for a Prestige Jumping second and 1.8 for a Prestige Jumping third.

   The finalists for Owner of the Year, in alphabetical order, are John Bary, Don Gordon and Paul and Carol Nelson.

   There are four outstanding finalists for the Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Owned Horse of the Year. This award is presented to the connections of a horse owned in the Hawke’s Bay or Poverty Bay districts based on their performances in black type races during the 2012-13 season. The finalists are Dundeel, Fleur de Lune, Lady Kipling and Survived.

   There are three horses vying for the title of Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Broodmare of the Year, Golden Gamble, Kapsjoy and Stareel. It is awarded to the connections of a mare owned in the Hawke’s Bay or Poverty Bay districts whose progeny has recorded the most success at black type level.

   Golden Gamble is owned by Pat and Jane Lowry and is the dam of Ambitious Dragon, who was again crowned Champion Miler in Hong Kong during the season. He had six starts for three wins, two of them at Group 1 level and one at Group 2. Kapsjoy is co-owned by John and Colleen Duncan and is the dam of the Group 1 Railway Stakes winner Fleur de Lune and also the multiple race winner Kapsboy. Stareel is owned by Murray and Jo Andersen and is the dam of Dundeel, winner of the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes, Group 1 Randwick Guineas, Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and Group 1 ATC Derby.

   Group & Listed Awards will be presented to the breeders of horses that have won black type races during the season and there were six, Ambitious Dragon, Dundeel, Fleur de Lune, No Excuse Maggie, Sea King and Survived.

   Other awards presented on the night are Hawke’s Bay Breeder of the Year (worked out on a points system); the Jimmy Choux Award for the highest earning three-year-old bred by a HB/PB breeder and the breeder with the most wins in the season.

   There is also a special award to be announced on the night.

 

Free admission at Hastings

   Hawke’s Bay Racing are expecting bumper crowds to all three days of this year’s Rush Munro’s spring carnival and, as an incentive to patrons, there will be no admission charges for the first two days.

   The first day of the carnival is on Saturday, August 31, and will feature the running of the $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes, the first Group 1 race of the new racing season. The 1400-metre event never fails to attract the cream of the weight-for-age horses in the country and this year will be no exception. On this day Hawke’s Bay Racing is offering drink specials in the public stand, live music, complimentary nibbles, a big screen in the infield and plenty for the kids, with a bouncy castle, pony rides and face painting. A sausage and craft beer promotion will also see Emerson’s Brewery and the Village Butchery (Havelock North) matching the best beer with the best sausages in Hawke’s Bay.

   The second day of the carnival will be on Saturday, September 21, and will feature the running of the Group 1 $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) while the third day is on Saturday, October 5, and culminates with the running of the Group 1 $250,000 The Turks Bar Spring Classic (2040m). There will be a $20 admission charge for the final day.

 

New stable star

   Hastings trainer Paul Nelson, renowned for producing outstanding jumpers, looks to have another rising star in his stable in Kings Deep.

   The Viking Ruler seven-year-old posted his first win as a jumper with a 7-1/2 length demolition of his opposition in a maiden hurdle race over 3100 metres at Riccarton on Wednesday of last week and followed that up with another impressive 1-1/2 length victory in a 0-1 win hurdle race over the same distance on the last day of the Grand National meeting, three days later.

   Kings Deep is now the winner of three races. He started out in the Cambridge stable of Roger James and was then prepared for a time at Foxton by David Haworth and Matt Dixon. He has had three starts as a jumper since joining the Nelson stable for two wins and a third.

   Paul Nelson now shares in the ownership of the horse with his wife Carol and Christchurch-based Tom Behrns, a former trotting trainer-driver who was on course at Riccarton to witness the horse’s two wins

   Kings Deep is out of the Gleam Machine mare Misty Gleam, who was a good sprinter in the mid 1990s, recording five wins and seven minor placings from 16 starts.

 

Brer makes it two on end

   Hawke’s Bay-owned Brer made it two wins in a row as a jumper on the Te Aroha track with a gutsy performance in a $12,000 Restricted Open Hurdle there last Friday.

   The China Cat gelding led practically all the way in the 3100-metre event, staving off a late challenge from Flavour Flav to get the decision by a nose. It followed a runaway 20 length win in a similar race at Te Aroha a month ago.

   Brer was bred by Hawke’s Bay racing identity Peter Grieve and is raced by him in partnership with his son Doug and daughter Kath. The five-year-old is out of the Corrupt mare La Fox, who is a grand-daughter of the former top racemare Braless, who was raced by Peter Grieve in partnership with his father Doug and brother Ivan.

   Braless recorded nine wins from 1000 to 1700 metres and was rated third top filly on the 1977-78 New Zealand Three-year-old Free Handicap list. Her victories included the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas and Group 3 ARC Owens Stakes (twice).

 

Recite set to resume

   Hastings trainer John Bary says his unbeaten filly Recite is right on target to make a return to the racetrack at Taupo next Monday after turning in an excellent training gallop at the Hastings track last Friday.

   Bary said he sent Recite over 1000 metres on the plough, with talented apprentice Miranda Dravitzki aboard, and said she ran it out strongly in 1:3.

   “It was a superb gallop and she was just floating,” Bary said.

   Dravitzki echoed the trainer’s comments, saying the Darci Brahma filly felt like she still had plenty in reserve at the finish of the workout.

   Recite was unbeaten in four starts as a two-year-old last season, the highlight being a 1-1/2 length victory in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni in March. She was then turned out for a winter spell and Bary says she has come back bigger and stronger as a three-year-old.

   Plans are for Recite to kick off a fresh campaign in a 1200-metre three-year-old fillies’ race at Taupo and then head to a listed 1200-metre fillies’ race at Wanganui on September 7.

 

Pimms Time pleasing

   Star Hastings-trained galloper Pimms Time pleased her connections with a good hit out at last Friday’s Hastings jumpouts as she prepares to kick off a new campaign in the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings on August 31.

   The Pins mare, winner of four races last season including the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa, looks to have come back a lot bigger and stronger this season and should be in for a profitable spring. Te Awamutu jockey Mark Sweeney, who was aboard Pimms Time in two of those victories, made a special trip down to ride the mare in the jumpout.

   The jumpouts were held up against the running rail on the course proper, which provided heavy footing.

   Pimms Time contested the last of three 1000-metre heats and, although she only finished third, Sweeney said she could have won had he extended her over the final stages.

   “I didn’t want to push her too hard on that track. She was working hard enough in it as it was but she felt really good,” Sweeney said.

   Irish Fling won the heat by 1-1/4 lengths from Adventador, with Pimms Time just a neck back in third place.

   Trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen now plan to give Pimms Time an exhibition gallop between races at next Monday’s Taupo meeting to further her preparation for the weight-for-age Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m).

 

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 13 Aug 2013

Quality Street, preparing for the Taupo meeting next Monday, took the time honours in a reasonably quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided slushy footing after plenty of rain fell in the area last weekend.

   Quality Street was only sent 600 metres but worked very keenly and clocked and excellent time of 36.5s. The Coats Choice five-year-old has not raced for seven months but trainer Kelly Burne is looking to kick her off in a fresh campaign in a Rating 65 1000-metre race at Taupo.

   Desi Girl, now owned and trained by Waipukurau’s David Goldsbury, worked in from the 1200-metre peg on the plough and was timed to run home the last 600 metres in 36.9. She was the winner of three races when trained by John Bary.

   Saint Kitt was not hurried when running 800 metres in 56.5, coming home the last 600 in 38.6 in what was his first serious workout in a new preparation. The Keeper gelding has not raced since finishing fourth in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) in March but looks in great order and could kick off a new campaign at either Taupo or Wanganui in the middle of next month.

   Whoopi Gee, another who could be entered for next Monday’s Taupo meeting, took 52.6 for an easy 800 metres with the final 600 run in 39.2.

   Gingerbread Man, who finished well back over 1600 metres at Hastings last Thursday, had his work stepped up this morning when working over 1000 metres in 1:10.9, the last 600 ion 41.9.

   A Falkirk four-year-old mare in the stable of John and Pam Stenning also worked over 1000 metres in 1:10.3, the last 600 in 40 while a Sir Percy three-year-old gelding in the same stable ran an easy 600 metres in 45s.

Hastings Jumpouts 9 Aug 2013

   Pimms Time pleased her connections with a good hit out at today’s Hastings jumpouts as she prepares to kick off a new campaign in the Group 1 $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes on the first day of the Rush Munro Hawke’s Bay Spring carnival, on August 31.

   The Pins mare, winner of four races last season including the Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa, looks to have come back bigger and stronger this season and should be in for a profitable spring.

   Te Awamutu jockey Mark Sweeney, who was aboard Pimms Time in two of those victories, made a special trip to ride the mare in the jumpout before heading back north to ride at the Te Aroha races later in the day.

   The jumpouts were held up against the running rail on the course proper, which provided heavy footing.

   Pimms Time contested the last of three 1000-metre heats and, although she only finished third, Sweeney said she could have won had he extended her over the final stages.

   “I didn’t want to push her too hard on that track. She was working hard enough in it as it was but she felt really good,” Sweeney said.

   Irish Fling won the heat by 1-1/4 lengths from Adventador, with Pimms Time just a neck back in third place.

   Pimms Time had noticeably blown up across the back after the workout and had obviously needed a good hit out. Trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen now plan to give her an exhibition gallop between races at the Taupo meeting on August 19 to further her preparation for the weight-for-age Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m).

   Quake, Karmazyn, Malrose and The Knight were other impressive winners at the jumpouts.

   Quake, a three-year-old by My Halo in the Patrick Campbell stable, clocked a slick 46.12s in winning one of the 750-metre heats. The filly recorded a third and a second from two starts last season and may resume racing in either a 1000-metre maiden at Taupo or in the special conditions 1200 at Hastings on August 31.

   Karmazyn scored an impressive 5 length win in his 750-metre heat, in the hands of promising New Plymouth apprentice Miranda Dravitski. The Volksraad four-year-old recorded four minor placings in maiden races last season and could resume at either the Taupo meeting on August 19 or at Woodville three days later.

   Malrose, a five-year-old half-sister to Quake, also scored a comfortable 1-1/4 length win in her 750-metre heat. The big Mr Nancho mare clocked 47s, which was the second fastest over the distance.

   Smart sprinter The Knight proved too good for his five rivals in his 750-metreheat, winning by 2-1/4 lengths in a time of 47.1s. The No Excuse Needed gelding is the winner of four races and is another who looks to be coming up well in a new campaign.

 

Results of the jumpouts.-

 

Heat 1, 400m: Falkirk 3yr-old (S Fannin) 1, Danroad 3-year-old 2, Thewayouare 3. Four starters. Margins: Long neck, 4 lengths. Time: 25.8s. Winner trained by Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, Hastings.

Heat 2, 750m: Quake (D Bradley) 1, Frankly 2, Shinko King 3yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: 3 lengths, 5 lengths. Time: 46.12s. Winner trained by Patrick Campbell, Hastings.

Heat 3, 750m: Grawin ( M Dravitski )1, Black Sheep 2, Kojak 3. Five starters. Margins: 2-3/4 lengths, Neck. Time: 48.9s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 4, 750m: Sunseeker (M Dravitski) 1, No Change 2, Graciella 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/2 lengths, Long neck. Time: 47.9s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 5, 750m: Karmazyn (M Dravitski) 1, Grenade 2, Postponed 3yr-old gelding 3. Five starters. Margins: 5 lengths, Long head. Time: 47.8s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 6, 750m: Malrose (D Bradley) 1, Bay Dancer 2, Handsome Ransom 4yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, 4 lengths. Time: 47s. Winner trained by Patrick Campbell, Hastings.

Heat 7, 750m: The Knight (M Dravitski) 1, Shezgorgeous 2, Youtoofast 3. Five starters. Margins: 2 lengths, Long neck. Time: 47.1s. Winner trained by John Bary, Hastings.

Heat 8, 1000m: Lavish Prince, Sandtrap 3yr-old gelding 2, Coz I’m Lucky 3. Five starters. Margins: 2 lengths, ½ length. Time: 1:5.8. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 9, 1000m: Gold (D Bradley) 1, Rusty Spur 3yr-old filly 2, Single Girl 3. Five starters. Margins: 3 lengths, 2 lengths. Time: 1:6.4. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Heat 10, 1000m: Irish Fling (D Bradley) 1, Adventador 2, Pimms Time 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, Neck. Time: 1:5.7. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

Mixed fortunes for Waipukurau trainer 7 Aug 2013

Waipukurau trainer Kirsty Lawrence has experienced both the highs and lows of racing in the past week.

   Lawrence produced Melodies Way to win a 1400-metre maiden race at the Waverley meeting on Thursday of last week but two days later she had to have another member of her stable, Disdain, euthanized after she broke her pelvis while undergoing pacework on the Waipukurau track.

   “That’s racing but it was pretty traumatic,” Lawrence said this week. “It just shows that can be up there one day and down the next.”

   Lawrence had been on a huge high since saddling up Intransigent to win the $80,000 Taumarunui Cup at Te Rapa the previous Saturday.

   The loss of Disdain was a tremendous blow as the High Chaparral mare was a half-sister to Intransigent, who is the winner of eight races and the present star of the Lawrence stable.

   Auckland’s Judge John Clapham owned both horses but had leased them out, with Lawrence and her husband Steve racing Disdain on their own.

   “She’d only won two races but she was a lovely mare and I used to hunt her,” Lawrence said.

   “Being by High Chaparral she would have been a valuable broodmare.”

   Lawrence predicts a good racetrack future for Melodies Way, despite the mare taking until she was a five-year-old before recording her first success.

   The daughter of Shinko King scored a decisive 2-1/2 length win in a 1400-metre maiden race at Waverley. It followed up a good debut fourth over 1360 metres at Wanganui on July 11 and she had also had been a trial winner over 1000 metres at Foxton before that.

   “We knew she was pretty smart and she’d improved since the Wanganui run but we didn’t want to get over-confident,” Lawrence said.

   Experienced jockey David Walsh rode the perfect race on Melodies Way, settling the mare at the back in the early stages and then improving quickly by saving ground down on  the inside rounding the home bend. Once in the straight Melodies Way raced away to easily defeat a number of form horses.

   “”We were really pleased that we went over there and won. I think there will be some nice horses that come out of that race and it was good for the owners because they have been very patient,” Lawrence added.

   Melodies Way is owned by Australian-based Cheryl Weller in partnership with Dinah and Karen Newman from Gisborne. The horse started out in the Cambridge stable of Craig Thornton.

   Kirsty Lawrence is now in Christchurch where she is preparing Intransigent for tomorrow’s $40,000 Christchurch Casino Winter Classic (1800m).

   She said the Refuse To Bend seven-year-old has thrived since his Taumarunui Cup win and is “bouncing out of his skin.”

   Her only concern is the weight the little horse has to carry in the 1800-metre event.

   “He will have 59 kilograms, which is a big weight for him, but he finished third in the same race last year with 58kg,” she said.

   “It wouldn’t surprise me to see him win again and rain is forecast which will only help him.”

 

Sonny Ben wins for Harts

   The Hawke’s Bay father and son combination of Graeme and Ashley Hart picked up a win at Waverley last week when Sonny Ben caused a minor upset in a 1650-metre maiden highweight.

   The four-year-old gelding was having his first start for almost six months and returned a dividend of $11.00 for a win and $2.70 for a place.

   The Harts bred Sonny Ben at their Fernhill Stud. He is a son of China Cat, who they stood at stud for several years, and is out of the Jetball mare Deborah Coup.

   Graeme Hart said this week that Fernhill Stud has down scaled its thoroughbred operation in recent times in the wake of poor returns from sales.

   “We are just sitting on the fence at the moment and waiting to see if the industry picks up,” he said.

   China Cat is now on loan to a friend of the Harts and resides on a Tutira farm, where he is mainly being used to breed station hacks.

   Sonny Ben is out of the Jetball mare Deborah Coup, who recorded a win and a second from eight race starts. She is one of only two thoroughbred mares that the Harts are now breeding from, the other being Deneuve who is the dam of the three race winner Hawke’s Bay Cat.

   Graeme Hart said Sonny Ben started out in the Hastings stable of Dianne Sergeant and when she gave up training the horse was briefly prepared by him and Ashley before being transferred to Kevin (Dummy) Myers in Wanganui.

   “We thought we would give him to Dummy because he can probably get him jumping,” Hart added.

   Sonny Ben was having his fourth start, his first three runs resulting in a seventh and two eighths. He  jumped away quickly from the barrier but had drifted to be near last rounding the home bend. Rider Kayla Veenendaal stuck to the inside rail and the horse finished strongly to win by 1-1/4 lengths.

 

Waverley specialist

   Hawke’s Bay-owned I Am Leo showed he has a liking for the Waverley track when he returned to winning form in a Rating 65 1200-metre race there last week.

   The Riviera six-year-old had not graced the winner’s stall since taking out a similar race on the Waverley track exactly 12 months ago.

   I Am Leo is owned by his Takapau owner-breeder Jenny Dalby and prepared at Palmerston North by Kevin Gray. Gray said the horse has not been easy to train, which is why he has only had 23 starts.

   Apprentice rider Mereana Hudson certainly had her hands full trying to restrain the horse in the early stages of last week’s Waverley race but managed to keep the horse under control until the home turn before finally releasing the brakes.

   I Am Leo had a high head carriage as he unleashed his finishing burst down the centre of the track but kept up a strong run to the line to win by half a length from Rampantexcuse, with race favourite Piha 1-1/2 lengths back in third place.

   I Am Leo is out of the Oregon mare Tabitha, whose dam Saunter was the winner of seven races.

 

Upset win by choice

   Hawke’s Bay-owned Tristan’s Choice put paid to any live tickets chasing the $100,000 Pick6 at last Saturday’s Canterbury meeting and made for a $104,888 Turbo Quaddie dividend when he won the second to last race there at odds of 35 to one.

   The nine-year-old No Excuse Needed gelding was the outsider in an 11 horse field in the Rating 85 1400-metre event and returned a dividend of $36.00 for a win and $9.50 for a place. He proved a lucky pick up ride for apprentice jockey Amanda Morgan, who was engaged after travel problems prevented Miranda Dravitski from getting to the race meeting.

   Morgan took Tristan’s Choice to the lead soon after the start and the gelding fought back gamely when challenged to win by 1-1/2c lengths from the well supported Golden Miss, with Guessing half a length back in third place.

   Tristan’s Choice was recording his ninth win from 76 starts and is owned by former Hawke’s Bay owner-trainer Sarah Gregory-Hunt in partnership with her mother Diana Clough.

   Gregory-Hunt originally prepared Tristan’s Choice but was forced to give up training two and a half years ago after the horse pinned her against a fence, crushing her arm and severely damaging tendons in her right wrist.

   He had won four races at that stage and has since won another five from the Timaru stable of Warwick and Mel Stokes.

   Whilst she is no longer training horses Gregory-Hunt is still heavily involved in the thoroughbred industry and also in the equestrian scene. Her and husband Tim stand the thoroughbred stallion Playmaker on their property. He is an unraced half-brother to Tristan’s Choice by Pins and stands at a fee of just $500 plus GST.

 

Great Northern next

   Sea King, part-owned by his Central Hawke’s Bay breeder Sue Harty, made up for an unlucky third in last year’s Sydenham Hurdles with a decisive win in this year’s time-honoured event at last Saturday’s Canterbury meeting.

   The Shinko King gelding looked a winning chance in last year’s 3100-metre event until he put in a bad jump at the second to last fence, losing valuable ground. He still managed to finish third.

   The now seven-year-old was only learning to be a jumper back then but is now much stronger, both mentally and physically. He scored a dominant win in the Hawke’s Bay Hurdles back in June and carried 68.5kg to a 2-1/2 length victory last Saturday.

   Harty races Sea King in partnership with Otaki trainer Rachael Frost and Auckland-based Chris O’Reilly.

   Frost originally trained the horse but he was transferred to Wanganui’s Kevin Myers when it was decided he would pursue a jumping career. He has now recorded eight wins, five of them over hurdles.

   Myers decided to scratch Sea King from Wednesday’s Grand National Hurdles and will instead aim the horse at the $100,000 Great Northern Hurdles (4190m) at Ellerslie on September 7.

 

Bondi Tram on track

   Hawke’s Bay-owned Bondi Tram is showing a liking for the synthetic track at Geelong in Australia, scoring his second win on the surface there last Friday.

   The Fast ‘N’ Famous five-year-old was successful in a $A17,500 Rating 85 event over 1300 metres after taking out a 1200-metre race there a month before.

   Bondi Tram races in the colours made famous by Jimmy Choux,  that of Hawke’s Bay couple Richard and Liz Wood. She was a $9000 purchase from the festival session at the 2010 Karaka yearling sales and is out of the Centaine mare Centakin, who won three races.

   Hastings trainer John Bary originally prepared Bondi Tram and she won her race debut from his stable over 1200 metres at Hastings in July 2012. The mare is now trained at Ballarat, Victoria, by Simon Morrish and has had five Australian starts for two wins and a second.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 6 Aug 2013

No Excuse Maggie, preparing for the 1200-metre open sprint at Hastings on Thursday, took the time honours in a busy session at the Hastings track this morning.

   Fast work was carried out on the plough and wide out on the No.1 grass, both tracks provided heavy footing after persistent rain last weekend.

   A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and the track came up as a heavy-11.

   No Excuse Maggie seemed to cope well with the conditions when she worked in at three-quarter pace from the 800-metre peg on the grass and sprinted home the last 600 metres in 37.8. She only managed ninth in the Opunake Cup (1400m) at New Plymouth last start but was an impressive winner over 1200 at Hastings before that.

   Her stablemate Recite was given an easy workout, running 800 metres on the grass at three-quarter pace, the last 600 taking 43.7. She was unbeaten in four starts as a two-year-old last season and is expected to kick off her three-year-old campaign over 1200 metres at Taupo on August 19.

   Belfast Lad worked keenly on his own over 900 metres on the plough, clocking 50.5 for the last 800 metres and 38.1 for the final 600. He will contest the Rating 85 2000 at Thursday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, with Miranda Dravitski to ride him.

   Mahora Gold, who will be entered for the Maiden 1600 at Hastings, worked over 1000 metres on the plough and was timed to run the last 600 in 39.3 while Whoopi Gee worked in from the 1000-metre peg at three-quarter pace, speeding up slightly over the last 600 metres in 41.4.

   Single Girl had a bit too much experience for a Spartacus four-year-old gelding when they went together over 600 metres and finished well clear in clocking 38s. Single Girl is a filly by Bachelor Duke trained by Penny and Tony Ebbett.

   Commett ended his work with 600 metres on the grass in 38.9 while Hunky Dory worked over 1000 metres in 1:6.9, the last 600 in 38. He is another who will be entered for the Maiden 1600 at Hastings on Thursday but may struggle to get a start.

   Sloshed was not hurried when running 600 metres on the grass in 40.4 while stablemate Turquoise ran over the same ground in 40.

   Viceroy, a good chance in the Maiden 1600 at Hastings on Thursday, was let off with 800 metres at three-quarter pace on the plough, the last 600 taking 43.7.

   Zinika, a visitor from Cal Taylor’s stable in Waipukurau, ran a solo 800 metres on the grass in 56.3, the last 600 in 40.1 while Irish Fling ran over the same ground in 57.9, the last 600 in 40.7.

   A Captain Rio three-year-old gelding and a Rusty Spur three-year-old filly, both in the Thompson/Brown stable, worked together over 5600 metres on the grass in 39 while Youtoofast was kept to just three-quarter pace over 800 metres on the grass, the last 600 in 42.7.

   Black Sheep and a Shinko King three-year-old gelding, both in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ended their work with 600m metres in 43.9 while Grenade and a Savabeel-Sahara Storm three-year-old gelding ran home their last 600 metres in 42.9.

   Waipataki Girl, a Bachelor Duke filly in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ran her last 600 metres on the grass in 41.5 while Lavish Prince ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:14.3, the last 600 in 42.3.

HASTINGS TRACKWORK 1 Aug 2013

There was very little in the way of fast work at this morning’s Hastings track session with only a small number of horses worked on the plough and No.1 grass, both tracks providing soft footing.

   Mahora Gold, preparing for the Hawke’s Bay meeting next Thursday, was given two 600-metre runs on the plough and recorded 39s for the first and 41.4s for the second. She will be entered for the 1600-metre maiden.

   Hunky Dory worked over 1000 metres on the No,.1 grass  and was timed to run the last 800 in 53.3 and final 600 in 38.2 while Viceroy was let off with a very easy 1000 metres on the plough in 1:16.5, the last 600 in 44.9. He is another being prepared for the Maiden 1600 at Hastings next Thursday.

   Lavish Prince clocked 56 for an easy 800 metres on the plough, the last 600 in 41.2 while Grenade ran over the same ground in 57.2, the last 600 in 41.9.

   Jamaa ran a solo 1000 metres on the grass in 1:12.1, the last 600 in 40.5 while a Rusty Spur two-year-old filly and a Captain Rio two-year-old gelding ended their work with 600 metres on the grass in 39.5.

   Graciella was let off with an easy 800 metres in 57.9, the last 600 in 43.1 while a Shinko King three-year-old gelding ended his work with 600 metres in 44.3. Graciella is a three-year-old filly by Darci Brahma out of Enlighten trained by Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.

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